4 ‘terrorists’ killed in attack on Iran checkpoint near Pakistan border

Pakistani troops patrol on a hill top post in Ladha, a town in the troubled tribal region of South Waziristan along the Afghan border, in this November 17, 2009 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 13 March 2018
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4 ‘terrorists’ killed in attack on Iran checkpoint near Pakistan border

TEHRAN: Four “terrorists” were killed after infiltrating Iran and attacking a military checkpoint in a southeastern border area, officials said on Monday.
The attack took place on Sunday near the city of Saravan, about 50 km from the Pakistani border, in the province of Sistan-Balochistan, the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards said in a statement.
Revolutionary Guard troops fought off the attack, it said, saying one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest.
Two members of the Basiji paramilitary force affiliated with the Guards were wounded in the fight, during which one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest.
The Guards statement said three assailants had been killed but ground forces commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Marani later updated the figure to four dead.
He said on state television that the assailants had mounted their attack from “the soil of a neighboring country” but did not name the country.
In the past, Iran has accused Pakistan of supporting Jaish Al-Adl, a militant group accused by Tehran of links to Al-Qaeda, which has carried out numerous attacks in Sistan-Balochistan.
Iranian media regularly reports armed clashes between security forces and criminal groups or “terrorists” in the border province, whose residents are mostly Sunni members of the Balochi ethnic minority.
Iran’s population is 90 percent Shiite and predominantly Persian.
From 2005 to 2010, Sistan-Boluchistan was destabilized by a rebellion led by a Sunni Baloch group Jundallah, whose activities virtually ceased after the execution of its leader in mid-2010.


Iran’s Hassan Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay

Updated 18 September 2019

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation could be forced into skipping next week’s UN General Assembly because the United States has yet to issue them visas, state media said Wednesday.
Rouhani and his delegation had been scheduled to travel to New York for the annual UN gathering on Monday, but that was now looking unlikely given the lack of visas, state news agency IRNA said.
“If the visas aren’t issued in a few hours, this trip will probably be canceled,” IRNA reported.
The delegation includes Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, who the United States imposed sanctions against on July 31.
The foreign minister had been due to travel to New York on Friday morning, according to IRNA.
The absence of Rouhani would ruin France’s bid to arrange a meeting between him and US President Donald Trump as part of European efforts to de-escalate tensions between the arch-foes.
“Iran’s absence will show that in contrast with its commitments to the United Nations and international organizations within the framework of agreements, diplomacy has no value for the United States,” IRNA said.
“Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has not left the scene and it continues its active diplomacy, the US government must answer for its behavior,” it added.
The UN General Assembly debate is due to begin on Tuesday.
As the host government, the United States generally is obliged to issue visas to diplomats who serve at UN headquarters.
But Iran and the United States have been at loggerheads since May last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal and began reimposing sanctions in its campaign of “maximum pressure.”
Iran responded by scaling back its commitments under the landmark accord, which gave it the promise of sanctions relief in return for limiting the scope of its nuclear program.